I know most of us have heard of Christmas in July, but this year I found myself thinking more about Thanksgiving.
Due to the Coronavirus, and our inability to schedule deputation meetings over the past few months, we've been down at Missionary Acres. As we've been volunteering down here, we've been able to help remodel a home, introduce the kids to the residents, and more. And it has been a huge blessing to us.
We were very disappointed that many of our meetings got cancelled or rescheduled this year. As the virus first hit in the United States and we had to stay home, we took the opportunity to work on some projects around the home. We cut firewood for the coming winter, and made some modifications to our travel trailer. However as time marched on, we were concerned that the entire summer would be over before we were able to do anything for deputation.
But as we have mentioned before, God is never surprised by the challenges that we face. And if we trust Him, God promises in Romans 8:28 "...that all things work together for good..." And we have seen this time and time again in our lives.
The Lord has blessed Lisa and I a lot over the years. Yet, we have rarely taken the direct route when traveling to a destination. It is fitting in a way, that deputation would have some of the roadblocks in it that it has. I suspect that there will be more twists and turns in the future as well.
As I was thinking about this very thought, I ran across an interesting passage in my Bible:
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
Deputation has taught us to pray with our ceasing. We depend on God providing for us, month after month -- and sometimes week after week or day after day-- as we travel. But God always provides for us, right when we need Him to.
But, I wonder if we always do a good job of saying thanks?
So, I want to say thank you now. This summer has presented a lot of challenges for our family, and yet through it all, you all have been praying for us. Thank you.
We saw some large one-time donations to our ministry this year. As a result, we were able to buy a travel trailer. We also were able to come to Missionary Acres and volunteer for about three months.
Thank you everyone who has given to our ministry and allowed us to serve.
Our support level has gone up for the past two months. In a time when deputation meetings were cancelled and some churches are struggling to meet consistently, people still choose to commit to long term financial support for our ministry. Praise God and thank you!
We are gearing up for a busy fall on the road. God has allowed us to schedule a meeting at a missions conference at the end of August, and four churches in September. We are very thankful to be getting on the road full time again.
We know we have a lot of roads ahead of us, and there will be challenges all along the way. But we will continue to rejoice in the Lord, pray continually, and to give thanks for provisions God provides.
Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family